Today is National Library Workers Day and Equal Pay

National Library Worker’s Day

Today, April 10th, is National Library Workers Day (NLWD). Established by the American Library Association’s Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA), NLWD was designed as an opportunity to recognize all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library service possible every day.

Do you know any library workers who should be recognized for the great work they do, their positive outlook, or the wonderful way they assist patrons? Consider submitting their names to the ALA-APA Galaxy of Stars as part of National Library Workers Day celebration. It’s not too late to let someone know that you appreciate them and the work they do.

The National Library Workers Day webpage encourages friends, patrons, employers and co-workers to “Submit a Star” by providing a brief testimonial about a favorite library employee. Each testimonial (listing first names, library type and city/state location only) will be posted on the NLWD’s Galaxy of Stars page. You may nominate as many library workers as you like.

Is your library planning to recognize and honor your library workers this year? Tell us about your plans. Be sure to share your celebrations on Twitter, using #NLWD18 and/or post to the NLWD Facebook page.

There’s still time to recognize library workers everywhere. Let’s take the time to show our appreciation for those fantastic library stars!  Nominate someone now.

For more information, visit the ALA-APA National Library Workers Day website.

Quick Links:

National Library Workers Day webpage

Submit a Star

Celebration Ideas

NLWD Facebook page

 

Equal Pay Day

Today, April 10th is also Equal Pay Day. Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists. Earnings for women who work full-time are only about 80% of their male counterparts’ earnings. For women of color, the gap is even worse. Today, April 10th, symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.  According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPW), it is estimated that women won’t receive equal pay until the year 2059.

Stay abreast of the issue. Follow the hashtag #EqualPay.

 

Resources

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Brochure An Employer’s Guide to Equal Pay (pdf)

U.S. DOL Women’s Bureau

The Economic Policy Institute’s Gender Pay Gap Calculator

DOL Equal Pay and Pay Transparency Protections website